Chevron Hires Reporter To Counter ’60 Minutes’ Pollution Allegations

May 11, 2009

Ecuador (ChattahBox) – Oil company powerhouse Chevron has created quite a stir after hiring a former reporter to investigate claims of environmental damage to the rain forest, allegedly caused by their company.

It was originally U.S journalism program ’60 Minutes’ that chose to do a televised investigation on claims made by Ecuadorian locals, as well as activists, that Texaco/Chevron was directly responsible for mass damages to the ecosystem.

There is currently a liability issue being disputed by Chevron, who says that they are not responsible for the $27 billion in damages being asked for. How do they intend to prove it? By hiring their own investigative reporter to make a documentary from their point of view.

“Chevron hired me to tell its side of the story, that’s what I did,” former CNN reporter Gene Randall was quoted as saying in the New York Times.

Randall is careful, however, to make an important distinction: that this is not a news report.

“This is a client hiring a provider to tell its side of the story,” he explained.

Some may find this tactic by Chevron as ethically dubious at best, and an attempt to manipulate the public at worst. But one thing that can’t be denied is that this is a very unique addition to the oil business.

Source: NY Times


Comments

One Response to “Chevron Hires Reporter To Counter ’60 Minutes’ Pollution Allegations”

  1. Anna on May 12th, 2009 11:25 pm

    I really hope justice will be served and Chevron will have to pay for what it did to those poor people. Drinking water is contaminated, people are dying of cancer and skin diseases, their lives are destroyed. Denying, downplaying and manipulating- that’s all Chevron can do. Instead of wasting money fighting in courts, they should take responsibility and clean up that mess.

    Here’s an interesting blog about the contamination: http://www.thechevronpit.blogspot.com

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